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Clean Energy View: Stephen O'Donnell -Can IT Be Sustainable?

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There are 5.3 billion mobile subscribers (that’s 77 percent of the world population) and this number is growing every day, according to ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database. Of 1.8 billion households worldwide, one third have internet access, compared to only one fifth five years ago. In developing countries, 25% of homes have a computer and 20% have Internet access, compared to 20% and 13%, respectively, 3 years ago. People take for granted that when they shop online, send emails or communicate with friends, they are using energy. The websites they use are powered by data centers around the globe and require an enormous amount of energy for cooling.

Stephen O'Donnell is globally recognized as an expert in Storage, Cloud, Data Centers, Managed Services, IT Security, Smart Grid, Big Data Analytics and Sustainability. He is an analyst and commentator, with a unique insight into the IT Industry and how it works end-to-end. With a career IT budget of over $30B he has led the delivery of some of the most significant global change programs of the last three decades. He was Global Head of Data Centres at British Telecom, the largest data centre operator in Europe. He is Chairman of a Smart Grid and sustainability analyst firm.

As a subject matter expert, Steve is credited as the initiator of the Data Centre Maturity Model adopted by the Green Grid, Yahoo, eBay, Google and other major firms. This model is designed to drive sustainability and reduce the energy consumption of global data centers. He holds patents in extreme efficiency IT cooling technology.

In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Stephen O'Donnell about what data centers are doing to be more energy efficient and sustainable. Stay tuned!